Venus Optics KX-800 Flexible Macro Twin Flash

Venus Optics KX-800 Flexible Macro Twin Flash

Venus Optics KX-800 Flexible Macro Twin Flash

B&H # VEKX800 MFR # VEKX800
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Product Highlights

  • Designed with Two Flexible 18.9" Arms
  • Guide Number: 190' at ISO 100
  • Independent Output Control
  • LED Focus Assist Light
  • Eight Manual Power Settings
  • Recycle Time: 2-5 Seconds
  • PC Sync Terminal
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
  • Mounts on Standard Hot Shoe
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Venus Optics KX-800 overview

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Along with their impressive development of unique macro lenses, Venus Optics has created the versatile KX-800 Flexible Macro Twin Flash to help illuminate your close-up subjects. It has a twin flash design with each head mounted on its own 18.9" long flexible arm. This flash boasts a guide number of 190' at ISO 100 and each head has independent output control for dialing in the perfect ratio for the scene. Also, manual power can be set from 1/1 to 1/128 for 8 levels of adjustment.

Assisting with critical focus on your tiny subjects is an LED assist light, which is able to be positioned exactly where it is needed with its own flexible arm. A fast recycle time of 2-5 seconds will also help in ensuring you won't miss a shot with a fast moving subject. Ensuring compatibility with numerous cameras, it features a standard hot shoe mount as well as a PC sync terminal on the side. It runs on 4 AA batteries.

Long 18.9" flexible arms ensure ideal placement
Head rotates 270° for fine tuning your setup
Daylight-balanced color temperature of 5600K
Stronger arm design compared to previous models
Flash duration of 1/200 to 1/20000 second
Weighs 1 lb
UPC: 683203914659
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Venus Optics KX-800 Flexible Macro Twin Flash
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Venus Optics KX-800 specs

    Type Flash/LED
    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 190.29'  / 58 m ISO 100 
    Modeling Light No
    Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/128
    Color Temperature 5600K
    Flash Duration 1/200 - 1/20,000 sec
    TTL Dedication No
    Off-Camera Terminal PC
    Recycle Time Approximately 2 - 5 Seconds
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Display No
    Power Source 4x AA Batteries
    Weight 1.0 lb / 453.6 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.0 x 8.1 x 3.2"

    Venus Optics KX-800 reviews

    KX-800 Flexible Macro Twin Flash is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Arm segment broke after about 6 uses In general I have loved this flash even though I didn't use it but a few times in the 1st year. While on a photo shoot in Costa Rica one of the bell shaped segments on one of the arms broke, right up the seam line. Of course, I was just 2 months out of my 1 yr warranty. Contacted the company and found out the only service is in Hong Kong. When I took it to UPS the price was going to be $210.00 to get it to the repair service. I had already taped it with gaffers tape in Costa Rica so I could keep shooting so I just purchased some 2 black gaffers tape and will just keep taping if I have any other mishaps. Beware if you need service
    Date published: 2017-03-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good So far, I'm loving this for the price. The only real problem I have with it is in finding a way to diffuse it. Not really their problem, but I think I'm going to have to find some creative means of diffusion that leqves me the use of both arms and keeps them movable. Still, its lighter than most speedlights, way more flexible, and output is just fine for close-up macro work.
    Date published: 2015-10-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for My Use I primarily wanted this flash for outdoor night hand-held macro moth photography. Many moths are highly reflective and both the on-board flash and the OEM Panasonic flash were too harsh (even using many different diffusers). The Bolt-VM-160 gave even light but wasn't strong enough so I needed supplemental light. This has been the winner! I'm still learning, but 1/32 power @1/160 illuminates well, the arms and lamps adjust perfectly for even lighting and stay in place, and the LED focus lamp is very powerful. Like it well enough that I'll be using it for day macro shooting as well.
    Date published: 2016-02-23
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from so far works great until the batteries overheat this flash needs to be run from an external power pack to allow for quicker recycle time and there would be no overheating of batteries. i was shooting some beetles and flashes failed to fire or recycle fast enough for what i wanted...and batteries were hot when i took them out...had this issue before with other 4 aa battery flashes. if you don't shoot pictures rapidly its great.
    Date published: 2016-07-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Regret not buying from B&H The flash provides nice macro performance not found in other flash packages, and without the need for extra flash brackets, which I used and will make handheld pretty bulky. It does have longevity issues due to the nature of its design, using lock-line with several high stress point. The worse things is that I buy it directly from Venus Optics, with diffuser/arm bundle that never came with the package. They haven't response to my several email; maybe intentionally ignore me or arguing with their Hong Kong maker regarding who is responsible. GET IT FROM B&H ALWAYS!
    Date published: 2017-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as advertised. The light output is actually stronger than I expected.� The top sync speed is 1/400 on my D500, faster than that, and part of the picture is blacked out. � The controls are easy to understand and use.� Power settings are from 1/1 to 1/128.
    Date published: 2017-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have for Macro Photography! Wow, what a great macro twin flash lighting system! I am now able to hand hold my camera and get 1:1 macro images of bees, bugs, etc. I am really impressed with it, and it is so much cheaper than Canon's twin flash. I like that I can move the light and position it closer, or further away, I can change the strength of the light, etc. If you are at all serious about macro, it is well worth the money!
    Date published: 2017-03-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Flash Stopped Working After a Few Uses I only used the flash a few times before the left flash head stopped firing. I'm currently trying to get Venus to back their one year warranty.
    Date published: 2018-08-02
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